What’s heartbreaking here is that this is the first Caturday that I’m scheduling after losing dear Thundercat.
We found him dead on 6/15/2022. There will likely be a few more precious pictures of him as things go forward, but as I schedule this in July it’s really hard to even think of anything more to say, so go forth and appreciate this beautiful happy floof exactly where he loved to be: somebody’s lap.
It was a very busy but fun Easter this last year. For some reason I feel like attributes were rushed but at the same time it feels a little “less” this year. Maybe because TJ wasn’t with us. I mean, he stopped by, but it was the first family holiday that came about where he was fully and officially moved out.
They still got to show off their creations though.
At this point I don’t remember what they were playing. Probably the “lava zombie” game they made up.
What is “Lava Zombie” you ask?
It’s basically tag meets floor is lava.
So you start out with somebody “it” and then the rest of the players charge off. They have a limited time to get to high ground before the ground around the playground equipment becomes lava.
During lava, the person who is the “lava zombie” (it) can try to jump up and tag people but may not climb on the equipment themselves. If successful, those they tag climb down and join them in the lava and attempt to knock everyone else out.
Zombies are allowed to only walk but are allowed to go faster as there become more of them. So once they’re successfully at tagging the first person they’ll be able to speed walk, next, run, etc. At a certain point (the time is a bit arbitrary) they start counting down and then the floor is no longer lava. Everyone must change positions and zombies are now allowed to climb equipment. If, once lava is called again, somebody hasn’t moved (by changing levels on the playground equipment at the very least), they’re fair game to be climbed toward even during the lava period.
As the horde of lava zombies grow they’re allowed to start moving faster, remember, so the game is more about being the last one to be tagged than to never be tagged at all. At some point, everyone ends up being a zombie. We then reset and somebody else starts out as the single zombie. Try to rotate the role so everyone has a chance to start as the zombie.
We went to Walgreens back in February to start getting everybody vaccinated now that it was approved for the under 13s. Well, Thunderer here saw a couple things that she then happily purchased with her own money and wanted to show them off proudly.